Philip A. Asselin

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LEWISTON – Philip A. Asselin, 81, resident of 263 Lincoln St. rejoined his wife, Yvonne in heaven on Saturday, May 27.

He was born in Quebec City, Quebec, on Jan. 31, 1925, the son of Alphonse and Bertha (Guay) Asselin. He married Yvonne Lafleur at Sacre Coeur de Jesus in Quebec City on Oct. 27, 1945.

They emigrated from Quebec to Lewiston in 1946.

He then began working at Bates Mill. From there self-educated himself to become a finish carpenter – millwright. He worked on the start and completion of many building projects throughout the Lewiston-Auburn area. He used his wood working skills at Holy Family Church, and various projects to include Pinette Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Hospital, CMMC, Bates College, Central Maine Technical College, the Auburn Mall especially at Thatcher’s and J.C. Penney.

He was a retired member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, as well as a former treasurer of that union; a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council 106, Holy Cross Senior Citizens as well as the Lewiston Senior Citizen, Horizons 55 and Covenant 50. He was also a prior member of the Young at Heart Bowling League. He was a communicant of Saints Peter and Paul Basilica.

He also enjoyed making Christmas manger stables for Les Santons de France, making the clappers, and other small projects for the Dominican Sisters when they taught at St. Peter’s School. He made furniture for his daughter and toys for his granddaughter, Angela, when they were both children. He was a keen enthusiastic card player. He also enjoyed seawater and fresh water fishing, hunting, and all types of TV American sports programs.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris Biel of Lewiston; one sister, Geatane Dostie, her husband, Norman and their family; two brothers, Rene and his family and Valmont Asselin, his wife, Stella, and their family all of Lewiston; one granddaughter, Angela Biel; one son-in-law, Bill Biel of Palm Bay, Fla.; and extended family members in the Province of Quebec.

Besides his parents and wife; a son, Jean; one sister, Simonne Morris; and one brother, Jean Claude Asselin, predeceased him.

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